Weekend picks: Coco Montoya plays Blues on the Fox; Scottish Fest; PIQNIQ music fest

  • Coco Montoya performs Saturday, June 15, as part of the 23rd Blues on the Fox Festival at Aurora's RiverEdge Park.

    Coco Montoya performs Saturday, June 15, as part of the 23rd Blues on the Fox Festival at Aurora's RiverEdge Park.

 

By Scott C. Morgan

smorgan@dailyherald.com

Aurora blues

The 23rd annual Blues on the Fox music festival features Jamiah Rogers, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Coco Montoya and Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Saturday at RiverEdge Park, 360 Broadway, Aurora. $20 daily general admission. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com. 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15

Time for Tartan

Celebrate all things tied to Scotland when athletes, musicians and dancers compete in the 33rd Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games this weekend at Hamilton Lakes, Park Boulevard and Pierce Road, Itasca. Saturday admission: $25 ($20 seniors; $12 students); $5-$8 parking. chicagoscots.org. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15

Brick by brick

See what marvelous creations can be made with Lego and Duplo building blocks at Brickworld Chicago, which returns to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $14 daily admission (kids 3 and younger admitted free with guardian). (847) 303-4100 or brickworld.com/brickworld-chicago. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16

PIQNIQ in the park

Chicago rising star Friday Pilots Club takes the stage at this summer's edition of 101-WKQX's PIQNIQ music festival, a full day of alternative rock at Tinley Park's Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. The day's lineup includes The Lumineers, Young the Giant, Catfish and the Bottlemen, AJR, hometown favorite Tom Morello, The Glorious Sons, Blue October, The Strumbellas and SHAED. Catch Friday Pilots Club when the band opens the fest on the Saint Xavier University Stage at 1 p.m. Doors open at noon Saturday, June 15, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. $20. 101WKQX.com.

Short Fuse's anniversary bash

Since releasing the full-length album "We Are Two Parts of the Same Thing" last fall, Chicago alternative band State and Madison has been touching fans with deep dives into emotion-based rock. Marina City, on the other hand, smacked us upside the head with "Strawberry," the recent release channeling all the area's available pop power and funneling it into a vibrant, electrifying banger. Both bands will burn up the stage as they play Short Fuse Brewing Company's Second Anniversary Party this weekend, joined by the spacey, smoky garage rock band Modern Vices, the powerfully fun pop-punk Glory Days and Microcosms, the band that answers the question "What would happen if you mixed prog.rock and alternative jams?" 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Short Fuse Brewing Company, 5000 N. River Road, Schiller Park. $10-$15 for general admission; $8 parking; bronze, silver and gold VIP upgrades are also available. (847) 260-5044 or shortfusebrewing.com.

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Rockin' in the Park

Are you ready? It's going to be a party Saturday, June 15, when Rep's Place hosts Rockin' in the Park from 2 to 11 p.m. to celebrate one year in business in downtown Rolling Meadows. Head to Kimball Hill Park for beer, burgers and lots of music. Come hungry for the pig roast at 4 p.m., which is when the music kicks off with indie rockers Strange Heart. Bad Medicine (Bon Jovi tribute) rocks the stage at 5:30 p.m. and Lava Rock (classic rock covers) amps up the music at 7:30. Rep's Place is at 3200 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, (224) 347-2916 or repsplace.com/.

Springfield & Marx at Ravinia

Rick Springfield, the Aussie actor and musical heartthrob behind "Jessie's Girl," teams up with Richard Marx, the Chicago area's king of romantic rock, at Ravinia for a night of full-band sets under the stars. 7 p.m. (doors open at 4) Saturday, June 15, at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Tickets $33 to $75. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org.

National pastime

Enjoy plenty of Father's Day weekend promotions when the Chicago Dogs take on the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. There's postgame fireworks on Saturday, and pregame autographs and the chance for parents to play catch with their kids on Sunday. Home games are at Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. $9-$25. (847) 636-5450 or thechicagodogs.com. 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and 1:05 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Battle at Side Street

Side Street Studio Arts continues its quest to put up-and-coming talent into the spotlight as round 1.4 of its summerlong Battle of the Bands commences this weekend. Audience votes are key to winning, so get out there, enjoy some new music and support Westwood, The Romantic Satire, Whüzy and Rushmore Saturday, June 15. 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Saturday, June 15, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation each night. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Hedwig returns

Drury Lane Theatre veteran Will Lidke ("Little Shop of Horrors," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown") stars as the titular character in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's revival of the rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." An examination of gender identity by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, "Hedwig" centers on a transgender East German rock singer reeling from a botched sex-change operation whose story is dramatized in rock concert form. Previews at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at 721 Howard St., Evanston. The show opens Monday, June 17. $25-$54. (773) 347-1109 or theo-u.com.

'You got the right stuff, baby'

You can keep your Backstreet Boys. Travel back to the time of tight-rolled jeans and Hypercolor shirts, when boy bands were being born, hip-hop was rising in the mainstream and pop princesses ruled the airwaves. The New Kids On The Block visits the Allstate Arena for two nights of "The Mixtape Tour" this weekend, bringing special guests Salt-N-Pepa ("Push It"), Tiffany ("I Think We're Alone Now"), Debbie Gibson ("Out of the Blue") and Naughty By Nature ("O.P.P.") along for the ride. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $15. (847) 635-6601 or rosemont.com/allstate/events.

Creatures great & small

See exotic reptiles or coo at house pets like dogs and cats at the All Animal Expo at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. $5. (630) 668-6636 or dupagecountyfair.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Aftermath

Sideshow Theatre Company and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble collaborate on "Something Clean" by Northwestern University graduate Selina Fillinger. Commissioned by Sideshow as part of its Freshness Initiative, it tells the story of a woman with a son incarcerated for sexual assault who attempts to reconcile her guilt over his crime by working at a sexual assault crisis center. Lauren Shouse directs the Midwest premiere, which comes on the heels of Roundabout Theatre Company's world premiere currently running off-Broadway. Previews at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, and 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Thursday, June 20. $20-$30. (733) 871-3000 or victorygardens.org, sideshowtheatre.org or rivendelltheatre.org.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Tasmanian 'Douglas'

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, famed for her Netflix special "Nanette," performs her latest "Douglas" tour at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.75-$59.75. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Concert highlights

Punk Black -- Chicago Fest Edition with La Armada, Erzulie, The Breathing Light, JD's Revenge, Blacker Face, Blaqrock, Ohni and the Rizing Deity, Samurai Shotgun, Howling Star: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

The Stolen, Better Love, Long Gone, States & Capitals: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

Blind Message, The Illogical, Proto Zombie: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

Rick Springfield and Richard Marx: 7 p.m. (doors open at 4) Saturday, June 15, at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Tickets $33 to $75. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org.

MEYTAL, Blacklist Regulars, Ignescent, Chout, Bullet to the Heart: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Reggies Chicago, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $15-$18. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.

Side Street Studio Arts Battle of the Bands 1.4 featuring Westwood, The Romantic Satire, Whüzy and Rushmore: 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Saturday, June 15, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.

A Night of Rock 'n' Roll for St. Jude Children's Hospital with Matthew Scharph, Poolhouse Noize and Jameson Shakes: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $20-$25. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

Wedding Banned: 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

Smile Empty Soul "Dark To Light Tour" with Coldville, Dead Eyes: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $12-$15. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

Stephen Kuc, David Manchen, Jet Nedson, Megan Pennington: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 549-5549 or shows.elboroomlive.com.

Wave Magnetik: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10-$12. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

Greenbeard, Ladykiller, Biirth, The Footlight District: 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $10-$13. (773) 756-5363 or livewire.do312.com.

MC Chris: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $16. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

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